Postdoc Position in Experimental Materials Science

Trondheim, Norway
01 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

A Postdoc position is available at the Department of Physics NTNU. The position is financed by M-Era.Net via the Research Council of Norway, under the Nano2021 Program. The appointment has a duration of 2 ½ years.

Information about the Department

The position is organized in the Department of Physics. Currently, there are 27 professors, 10 associate professors, 7 adjunct professors, 70 PhD research fellows and 24 postdoctoral researchers appointed at the Department of Physics. Further information is available at: The Department’s research spans a broad spectrum of natural sciences and technology, which in turn allows us to offer an education that provides a solid basis for future careers. Physics research is carried out in experimental as well as theoretical fields, often across conventional boundaries between disciplines trough external collaborations. The Department’s central research areas are biophysics, nanoscience, surface physics, modern optics, astrophysics, solar energy, materials science, soft matter physics, and medical technology. Research staff at the Department makes a special effort to increase the awareness and understanding of the importance and impact of physics in society.

Job description

The aim of the project is to develop original, environmentally friendly, nano-structured surfaces and coatings with engineered optical functionality for coloration and reflection of light. The activity will focus on developing, characterizing and understanding nano-micro-structures, including active matter systems and the use of microfluidics, for the purpose of developing active complex photonic materials with dynamic optical response in a wide spectral range. The work will involve designing and using appropriate experimental model systems and sample environments including the use of electric or magnetic fields for structural control.

The three targeted research objectives of the project are: (i) Development of environmentally friendly innovative routes for nanostructured materials used in structural coloration and reflection; (ii) Innovative use of tailored nano-structured materials in responsive surfaces and coatings for design and architecture; (iii) Transfer of basic scientific expertise into private sector technology.

The M-Era.Net project that funds the position is coordinated from NTNU and it includes academic partners of excellence in the fields of photonics, materials science, physics, chemistry, fluid mechanics and coating engineering, and private partners in materials technology and production, innovative design and architecture.


The applicant should hold a PhD in soft matter physics, nanotechnology, materials science, or another relevant field. The position requires a strong background in and interest in further developing experimental skills needed for development and studies of photonic structures based on fabrication nano-cellulose/nano-particle composites with desired photonic functionalities in particular their color.

Experience from nano-structural fabrication methods such as (electro-)spin-coating or microfluidics, and characterization methods such as SAXS, SANS, SALS, AFM and SEM, from the use of nano-lithography techniques, or the use of other types of advanced scientific equipment will be considered an advantage. There is also an advantage if the applicant has experience with or courses in soft matter physics/chemistry/materials science and related experimental methods. It may be considered an advantage if the applicant has standard programming skills in Matlab or Python, and real time control software such as Labview.

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work goal-oriented, as well as possess good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams, which is of particular importance in this collaborative project.

The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language.

Terms of employment

The appointment of the Postdoctor will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

The position as Postdoc is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from professor Jon Otto Fossum, Department of Physics, NTNU, E-mail:

The application

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts,( certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) ) and reference letters should be submitted.

All applications should be submitted through this page.
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-99/17

Application deadline: 15.08.2017

About this job

  • Deadline Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Gløshaugen
  • Jobbnorge ID 140826
  • Internal ID NV-99/17
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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